San Diego to House Homeless at World Trade Center

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Oct 7 00:25:04 BST 2010

see also the brilliant Requiem For Detroit Julien Temple 2010 BBC documentary

San Diego to House Homeless at World Trade Center

By David Batterson | Published Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Conversion of the former World Trade Center at 1250 Sixth Avenue into 
a "one stop" homeless center moved closer to reality October 5: the 
San Diego City Council, convened as the San Diego Redevelopment 
Agency, voted 8-0 to approve an exclusive negotiation agreement with 
Connections Housing Downtown.

The plan is for interim housing on floors two and three, with 100 
"roomette" beds for men and 50 for women. Permanent supportive 
housing with 74 studio apartments would be on the 4th through 12th 
floors. But according to a study done by Cushman & Wakefield in April 
2009 on alternative sites, "this site will not house enough beds to 
permanently close the city's winter emergency shelter."

Using the 1250 Sixth Avenue building for housing seems unprecedented, 
but a report prepared by Heritage Architecture & Planning in March 
stated that the San Diego Athletic Club had "96 sleeping rooms on the 
upper floors...therefore, re-establishes a historic use." (Inhabited 
first by the San Diego Athletic Club in the late '20s, the 
blue-and-white Art Deco building eventually came into use by 
publishers Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, which vacated the site in the mid '90s.)

About 35 individuals spoke at the meeting, with only four opposing 
the project. The San Diego City Council will vote on the full project 
in early 2011.

Connections Housing is a limited partnership of People Assisting the 
Homeless (PATH), Affirmed Housing Group, and Family Health Centers of 
San Diego.

Renovation is estimated to be in the $31 million range, but could cost more.

Alpha Project is expected to repeat the winter-shelter program, which 
will cost around $778,000 this year.

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